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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Rev Sub edition (April 10 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618126996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618126996
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The publishing world is full of Tolkien spinoff products, some trivial and ephemeral--but some, like this thoroughly researched atlas, are genuinely classy. Karen Wynn Fonstad is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped Middle-Earth in 1981 and has since added much new detail based on those endless volumes of drafts, abandoned passages, alternative versions, and laundry lists published since Tolkien's death. She fills in gaps and details in the familiar Third Age maps from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, goes back in time to map Middle-Earth's First and Second Ages, and reconstructs the route and timescale of every important journey in the stories. There are local maps of key places like the Mines of Moria, Lothlorien, Isengard, Minas Tirth, the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and the volcanic Mount Doom. War maps cover the saga's notable battles, up to the hopeless last stand at Mordor gate and the tiny later skirmish known in Shire records as the Battle of Bywater. Thematic maps show Middle-Earth's distribution of climate, geological features, vegetation, people, and (most importantly to Tolkien) languages.... It's all done tremendously seriously and would make a fine gift for enthusiastic Tolkien fans, except that they'll have bought it already. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tolkien loved maps and geography played a great importance in his books. In the paperback revision of a hardcover that is out of print, cartographer Fonstad here details that aspect of these stories.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 14 2004
Format: Paperback
I got this book wanting to see the lands of Rhun, Far Harad, Beleriand, Valinor, and the other lands not really mapped out in detail in the books. What I found was the entire history of Lord of the Rings in atlas form. Every chapter in the Silmarillion, Hobbit, and LoTR is mapped in detail and explained. Landscape, movements of the servants of Morgoth and Sauron, wars, settlements of elves and men and dwarves, to the world of Tolkien in its entirety from the void, to valinor, to middle earth, to the lands beyond throughout the ages. This is an amazingly detailed atlas of Tolkiens world that any fan would enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JAD on Dec 30 2003
Format: Paperback
Aside from the actual maps drawn or approved by JRR Tolkien in his lifetime, Fonstad's maps are THE primary cartographic source for fans of the books. Additionally, they are by far the most complete and detailed. The maps are not in full color, but in brown, black and shades of gray. In other words, this isn't an art book. It's meant strictly for finding your way through Middle Earth, and in that respect Fonstad is remarkably successful. Her atlas includes both large scale maps of whole regions as well as "blueprints" of all the major buildings (Minas Tirith, Meduseld, etc. right down to the location of every room in Bag End). It also traces the journey of each party in the fellowship as the story progresses. Maps of the first and second age as well as schematic graphical representations of battles are presented (ie invading and defending hosts are represented by arrows). Overall, very helpful and worthy of any serious Tolkienite's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elim Garak on Feb. 27 2004
Format: Hardcover
As I said in my subject title, this book is the ultimate companion to the Lord of the Rings saga by JRR Tolkien.
The Atlas goes into immense details of the maps of Tolkien's Middle Earth, highlighting the journeys of Bilbo, Frodo and The Fellowship of the Ring.
It is all done in a very serious, sincere and professional manner, and it is clear that Ms. Fonstad has put a lot of effort into making this book.
But like all works of fiction, there are errors, but there are few to be sure. Where these errors arise, Ms Fonstad has made reasonable assumptions or compromises between the conflicting data, but none of them seriously detract from Tolkien's word in any way. As another reviewer said, this is testament to the creative genius of Tolkien, and his uncanny attention to detail that make the books so believable.
I highly recommend this book to any Lord of the Rings fan, as it is a fascinating book that clarifies the geography of Middle-Earth in a way that has never been done before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mpiumetti on Jan. 23 2004
Format: Paperback
Then I first heard that JRR Tolkien prided himself in his attention to specific details, I was somewhat skeptical. When I found out that Tokien had drawn his own map of Middle-Earth, I realized that the man was an obsessed freak (but in a good way). The Atlas of Middle-Earth does live up to it's title as an atlas, providing the proper distance scales, descriptions, and directions (Tolkien had even developed unique symbols for north, south, east, and west). Every place mentioned in Tolkien's works is wonderfully explored in this book. From the plains of Mordor to the halls of Bag End. Even the city of Minas Tirith and the volcano Mount Doom are examined. Fans of The Silmarillion will delight in the maps of Valinor. There are even maps tracking the paths of the journeys in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This book is an excellent addition to the library of anyone who admires and loves the works of JRR Tolkien.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "theloneroman2002" on Sept. 1 2002
Format: Paperback
THIS ATLAS HAS MANY GOOD THINGS TO LOOK AT AND A LOT OF USEFUL INFORMATION. I HAVE LOOKED AT ALL THE MAPS AND READ SOME OF THE BOOK. IT TELLS HOW FAR THEY WENT IN ONE DAY AND ANY IMPORTANT THINGS THAT HAPPENED, ALONG WITH GREAT MAPS. AND THE BATTLE MAPS ARE WONDERFUL WITH DETAILS ABOUT HOW MANY MEN,ELVES,ORCS ECT FOR EVERY BATTLE!! IF YOU WANT A DETAILED MAP ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY, THEN GET THIS BOOK IT IS VERY HELPFUL IN VISUALIZING THE WORLD. TheLoneRoman2002
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 18 2004
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most treasured books i own. While, and after reading Tolkien's books, i found it to be a goldmine of information. This is the only atlas you will need. It is definately worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LKetsenburg on Jan. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
This atlas is an excellent resouce for the Middle Earth works. While reading Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and others, I had a hard time getting a visual picture of an area or map in my mind. This book was everything I wanted and more. I was surprised at the extensive amount of information on each age and the great illustrations and maps for everything from Bilbo's attercop chapter with the spiders in Mirkwood and the escape of the Dwarves' and Bilbo, to the mines of Moria including Gandalf's path of escape. Karen Wynn Fonstad has put an extensive amount of research and time into an excellent book. It has made my reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's work so much more meaningful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Rollins on March 7 2004
Format: Paperback
If your interest is in the Mythology of Middle Earth, this book with its extensive illustrations and commentary increase your understanding of the story. If you are only passing through the Tolkein universe through the guidance of the films by Peter Jackson, you can be brought further understanding of the depth of Dr. Tolkein's masterwork. I hope you purchase the book, and enjoy it as much a I.
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